The smallest town in Nottoway is now home of the largest American flag waving in this county.
School decision-makers in Nottoway County still aren’t sure how best to make-up missed instructional time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ZELLERS UP FOR PAROLE
State Del. Tommy Wright says he’s “disappointed but not surprised” that he’s not being reappointed to the Virginia Tobacco Commission.
Nottoway School Supt. Dr. Tameshia Grimes made two “house calls” last Wednesday and presented Valedictorian and Salutatorian awards to the the Class of 2020’s top two graduates --- both from Blackstone. Jordan Noel Stallard (left) is this year’s Valedictorian with a Grade Point Average of 4.2714. She plans to attend University of Virginia in the Fall. This year’s Salutatorian is Jayme Leigh Boudreau (right photo) with a GPA of 4.2222. Jayme plans to attend either Mary Washington University or Washington & Lee.
For the first time in many years, there will be no ceremony next week in Blackstone to honor this nation’s war dead. Memorial Day is next Monday. The pandemic claims another event.
Our April Fool edition keeps entertaining. I got a request last week from a lady who wants a copy of the 1988 video of Alabama’s concert at Fort Pickett. The boys from Fort Payne actually did play at the Pickett Stadium, but there’s no known video of that glorious sunny day back in June 1988. If that footage existed, I’m sure it would include some ‘festive’ interviews with concert-goers and show a sea of red Solo cups.
Households in Burkeville and Blackstone are trailing the rest of Nottoway County when it comes to providing information to the 2020 U. S. Census.
BUT SUPT. SAYS ‘NOT A COMPETITION’
Forty-seven vehicles Monday afternoon paraded down 6th Street to salute residents and staff at Heritage Hall, which has been on COVID-19 lockdown (No Visitors) since March 11th. The Mary Baker family (upper left, with Ruby Ingram holding sign) was among those expressing its gratitude to staff. Administrator Diane Barksdale (upper right photo), who was deeply moved by the outpouring, is shown with resident Brenda Archer. Normally, Heritage Hall parades its residents down Main Street as part of National Nursing Home Week. This year, the tables were turned. Residents, who had not left their rooms for several weeks, were spaced apart and enjoyed fresh air and sunshine. All staff and residents wore masks, and music was provided by local DJ Chris Page.
APPLICANT OFFERS ASSURANCE ON ODOR
A Nottoway County doctor on the front line in the region’s battle against COVID-19 worries that Southside Virginians are letting down their guards as days grow longer, weather gets warmer, and pressure mounts to re-open America’s crippled economy.
Despite the ongoing pandemic that has closed some Blackstone restaurants and limited others to only takeout service, the Town of Blackstone’s meals tax collections remain relatively strong.
Town Council’s Finance Committee is considering a recommendation to raise monthly garbage fees from $15.00 to $17.00 for residential customers and $20.00 to $22.00 per month for commercial customers.
The Blackstone community met and far surpassed a local goal of matching a $2,500 pledge offered to the local ministerial association’s organization, HELP (Helping Every Life Prosper).
Awaiting Its Rightful Place
Not many towns can say they’ve had a new business open during the COVID pandemic, and another new venture is planned in Blackstone as well. Jamie Arthur’s “The Gun Site” opened Friday on Church Street, and brothers Lance and Aaron Dorin’s planned “Dogged Days Distillery” advanced Monday night through the Planning Commission. Town Council will get final say on May 18th. Some product samples might help the meeting move along. Who knows? Maybe “Blackstone VA Vodka” will keep the COVID away.
A familiar local pedestrian, described by an increasing number of locals as Blackstone’s “homeless man,” received another warning early Monday morning (April 27th) after police were called to the alleyway behind Green Auto motive, where he had started a camp fire.
The Nottoway County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 Thursday to send a letter to Gov. Ralph Northam, asking him to reopen Virginia’s economy as soon as possible.
NOTTOWAY TO CONSIDER OTHER COVID RELIEF PLANS